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6,000 Gallons of Oily Water Recovered, Louisiana Pipe Leak Continues

Sep 12, 2016 03:40 AM EDT
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The oil spill at Louisiana's Bay Long continues with coast guards having recovered more than 6,000 gallons of oily water. Apart from oily water, workers have also captured and treated more than 200 birds caught in the oil spill.

Repairs to the damaged pipeline continue, all of which was caused by an environmental restoration project. According to reports by NOLA via The Times-Picayune, the excavating marsh buggy subcontracted for Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. had accidentally cut through the line. The pipeline is owned by the Harvest Pipeline Company.

Last Sept. 4, workers continued with the repairs of the pipeline that had released more than 5,300 gallons of crude oil. Birds in and around the Cheniere Ronquille Barrier Island and the East Grand Terre Island have also been captured and treated due to the oil spill.

As of Sunday, one Kemp Ridley Sea turtle and 11 birds have been rescued. The Louisiana Coast Guard urges the public to report wildlife affected by the oil spill to 337-519-1754.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality continues with its effort to assess the impacts on the shoreline caused by the oil spill. As of Sunday, Fox News reports that more than 150 people and 25 boats have been deployed to Louisiana's Bay Long to contain and recover oily water from the pipe leak.

As for other parts of Louisiana, more than 850 people are living in shelters after floods have forced them to vacate their homes. Most families have left the shelters while some are still stuck due to the struggles of locating appropriate transportation and properties for rent.

Reports by The Advocate state that shelters for flood victims remain open in East Feliciana, Tangipahoa, Ascension, East Baton Rouge and Livingston. The Federal Emergency Management Agency continues to deploy teams to shelters. Other agencies offering help include the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge and the American Red Cross.

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